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USS Constitution to celebrate 200th anniversary of battle

The USS Constitution on Friday will commemorate the bicentennial of its final victorious battle during the War of 1812, the US Navy said.

Visitors can witness dramatic accounts of the battle given by active-duty naval members serving on Old Ironsides, during public tours at the Charlestown Navy Yard from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Navy said in a statement.

At noon, guests can see the firing of a salute to celebrate the battle, and again at 5:20 p.m. for the conlusion of the battle and the War of 1812, the statement said.

The Constitution’s battle took place on Feb. 20, 1815, near the Portuguese archipelago of Madeira in the Atlantic Ocean. Led by Captain Charles Stewart, the crew defeated the Royal Navy ships HMS Cyane and HMS Levant.

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The USS Constitution is the world’s oldest commissioned warship afloat. It actively defended sea lanes from 1797 to 1855, and is now part of Boston’s Freedom Trail. More than 500,000 visitors come each year to learn about the history of the ship, the statement said.

Old Ironsides is scheduled to be drydocked in the spring for a three-year planned restoration.


Rebecca Fiore can be reached at rebecca.fiore@globe.com.